5 Surprising & Fun Things I Discovered at the 2016 Monster Drawing Rally

I had gone to the first Monster Drawing Rally as a spectator last year in 2015.  It was amazing.  That night is one of those moments I'll fondly remember for the rest of my days.  The music!  The art coming to life like magic before my eyes!   The fun I had with friends who also were in awe of the art!   The art activities I did with children and other guests!  And the many photos I took of all the cool sights!  I thought of them all year and smiled all the way down to my toes.  I loved it so much, I asked if I could participate if they did it again.  

Well, I got my wish.  They did it again this year.  I was super excited. But as the time got closer.  I got nervous and I wondered, "Would this be just as fun as a participating artist?"

Me, Melissa Kojima, drawing at the 2016 Monster Drawing Rally at the Portland Art Museum.

Me, Melissa Kojima, drawing at the 2016 Monster Drawing Rally at the Portland Art Museum.

Here's what I discovered at the 2016 Monster Drawing Rally from the inside as a participting artist: 

  1. The Monster Drawing Rally is just as fun as a participating artist.   Yeah, I wasn't sure if it would be.  I did a bunch of "tests" at home to see if I could even complete a drawing in an hour.  When I stuck to small pieces of paper, I was able to complete 2 drawings.  I took my timer and paced myself so I knew how much time I had.  I made myself stop the ball point pen drawing in time so I could add some color with my pencils.  Even though, it was timed, I was really exhilarated and I really appreciated people watching what I was creating.  
  2. My art sells quickly at $35.00.  I had no idea what the response would be to my little drawings.  I didn't know if the right people would be there who wanted my dark fairy tale art.  Well, they were there.  They snatched up my drawings before I even had a chance to see them hung up on the selling wall.  After the event, my friends and newsletter subscribers who came told me they didn't even get a chance to buy them.  That was fun to see that my drawings were so well loved.
  3. I can help raise money with my art.  Last year, the Monster Drawing Rally raised $6000.00 to benefit art programs for children.  But this year, it raised $8000.00!  I was thrilled to learn that when I particiapted, we raised $2000.00 more than the previous year.  Hooray!  The reason obviously had to be because I participated, right?  Ok, Ok, I kid.....maybe.
  4. The scent of donuts cooking & the groovy beats of great music make me relaxed as I draw.  I was really nervous when I sat down and started drawing.  I was thinking, "Will I be able to do this?  Will the pressure get to me?"  But as soon as the donuts started cooking and the DJ started spinning music, I was in a sensual paradise.  I inhaled the sweet air and unwound to the groovy music.  I was in my element.  It was an awesome atmosphere to be in, to draw in.  I thought, "I got this.  No problem."  
  5. Connecting with art collectors is such a fun experience.  As I drew, I liked people taking pictures and also asking me questions about what I was doing.  I felt really connected to them.  They told me they loved my art and I was very humbled that they enjoyed and appreciate it.  I was so happy that they found value in it, enough to buy it.  Before I left the Monster Drawing Rally for the evening, a hip, young couple came up to me and told me they had bought my "Do No Harm Wolfman" drawing (See below).  They showed it to me and beamed with happiness.  They thanked me and told me they really appreciated what I drew.  I was sort of taken back.  I too appreciated them.  I really loved that they took the time to connect with me.  It was a great night.  I hope to connect with more of my art collectors and to, of course, do the Monster Drawing Rally again.  It's another night that I'll fondly remember for the rest of my days.
The 2 little drawing I created at the 2016 Monster Drawing Rally.  "Do No Harm Wolfman" and "Dazzling & Dangerous Bat".

The 2 little drawing I created at the 2016 Monster Drawing Rally.  "Do No Harm Wolfman" and "Dazzling & Dangerous Bat".